Douglas H. Wheelock

@Astro_Wheels

Test Pilot; NASA Astronaut: STS-120 & ISS-25; Space Station Commander; Aspiring Poet; Inspired by quiet moments, kindness and the power of the spoken word.

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‘Reflection’…Atlantis on the launch pad last night, after the rain.  Pad 39A, the same pad that launched the Apollo 11 Saturn V rocket to the moon so many years ago.  The same pad that launched Atlantis on this final voyage of the Space Shuttle this morning.  My mind races with the incredible wonders that await us in the coming years, out there among the stars.  Though we are facing unknowns and uncertainty, we will keep stretching our minds, and we will keep reaching, even higher.  “Mankind is led into the darkness beyond our world by the inspiration of discovery and the longing to understand.  Our journey into space will go on.”

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1167 days ago

‘Reflection’…Atlantis on the launch pad last night, after the rain. Pad 39A, the same pad that launched the Apollo 11 Saturn V rocket to the moon so many years ago. The same pad that launched Atlantis on this final voyage of the Space Shuttle this morning. My mind races with the incredible wonders that await us in the coming years, out there among the stars. Though we are facing unknowns and uncertainty, we will keep stretching our minds, and we will keep reaching, even higher. “Mankind is led into the darkness beyond our world by the inspiration of discovery and the longing to understand. Our journey into space will go on.”

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risa_sweeny 1065 days ago

Wish I had the chance to take this shot. Wow this is amazing and beautiful !!!!

ruthmmarinho 1086 days ago

it's a dream!!

RachelR_94 1098 days ago

Wow! I don't think i realised how big a space shuttle is :)

lindaleigh 1134 days ago

Amazing Shot Col. Wheels. I love your Tweets, so full of inspiration and humility...

GabrielleNYC 1162 days ago

Fab shot - 2 days at Kennedy will be added to my "life moments" list

Stelygs 1164 days ago

...here a scenic view of the launch & the legendary, dream place we will never ever forget http://twitpic.com/5n4peg

Stelygs 1164 days ago

No time for regrets...just heartfelt thanks, for the exciting ride!
Moon, Mars, asteroids, a boundless universe are now waiting for us...we're coming! :)

Kickalien 1164 days ago

Wow, wonderful picture of the reflection! .... I named my dog Apollo after Apollo 13.

shiosho_chao 1165 days ago

EXCELLENT PHOTO !!

umiyuki2010 1166 days ago

Astro_Wheels thank u 4 sharing this breathtaking sight. You astronuts simply ROCK :)

vickisportz 1167 days ago

Incredible shot! Thanks.....

Geshiela 1167 days ago

:-) one for my wallpaper!

hjbpnb 1167 days ago

is right, we should NOT retire the Shuttles before having a good replacement.

zeamario 1167 days ago

Amazinggggggggggggggg

AnaMSanPer 1167 days ago

The sky to open like a flower. (Photo, es preciosa. Pardon for my english).

AxelDeroover 1167 days ago

Really beautiful pic and your text is wonderfull Doug !

twinky03 1167 days ago

Stunning. Thank you for sharing.

104TB 1167 days ago

Oh, The same pad that launched the Apollo 11 Saturn V rocket. Speechless.

eugenecube 1167 days ago

Now that's a beautiful sight.

PayneAS 1167 days ago

You take such gorgeous pictures!